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Ancient texts for the study of the Hebrew Bible : a guide to the background literature

Author: Kenton L Sparks
Publisher: Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Hebrew Bible represents no mere collection of books but a stunning array of literary genres. To fully illuminate the history and culture of the Old Testament, it is necessary to compare these ancient writings to similar texts written concurrently by Israel's neighbors. Beginning with an overview of the important literary archives of the ancient Near East, Sparks provides exhaustive references to the ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenton L Sparks
ISBN: 1565634071 9781565634077
OCLC Number: 818849372
Description: xxxvii, 514 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Near Eastern archives and libraries --
Wisdom literature --
Hymns, prayers, and laments --
Love poetry (and related texts) --
Rituals and incantations --
Intermediary texts : omens and prophecies --
Apocalyptic and related texts --
Tales and novellas --
Epics and legends --
Myth --
Genealogies, king lists, and related texts --
Historiography and royal inscriptions --
Law codes --
Treaty and covenant --
Epigraphic sources from Syria-Palestine and its environs.
Responsibility: by Kenton L. Sparks.
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